Andaman honours Padmashree winner Shanthi Teresa Lakra
Port Blair | Friday, Feb 4 2011 IST
Shanthi Teresa Lakra, the Padmashree award winner from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was honoured by Andaman and Nicobar State Social Welfare Board today.
Shanti Teresa Lakra, an auxiliary nurse midwife attached to the tribal health section of the directorate of health services in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, had been conferred with Padmashree award for her distinguished service towards the Onge tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
''This is a rare feat for entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands. We often read news that celebrities getting the honour but this year one of the Islanders among us received this respected award, which is a great achievement,'' Ratna Kannan, the chairperson of A & N State Social Welfare Board, said.
Ms Lakra was posted at Sub Centre in Dugong Creek, which is a tribal reserve area of Little Andaman Island. Being the only medical staff, she performed all medical and health care services to Onge tribes in settlement colony as well as in deep jungle, which is the habitat of Onge Tribes.
When Tsunami devastated many parts of this islands, Shanti bravely performed her duties at Dugong Creek staying with Onges adjacent to jungle in an open tent for more than two years. She rendered all possible efforts to sustain life of the people, gave timely medical coverage and monitored the situation meticulously. For the dedication towards her work, Ms Lakra had also received the Florence Nightangle Award for the year 2010.
Ms Lakra was also honoured by the Chairperson of South Andaman Zilla Parishad, Ms G Tamilarasi and Chairperson of Port Blair Municipal Council Firdosh Bibi during the programme.
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